Buddhist clergy from all over the country gathered in southern Binh Duong Province on March 10 for a four-day conference to discuss ways to propagate Buddhist teachings.

The four-day "Buddhism with the People", organised by the Buddhist Sangha, aims to find solutions to pressing issues facing the faith so that it can develop during an era of global integration and live up to its history of having a close association with the development of the Vietnamese people over the last 2,000 years.

According to the Venerable Thich Hue Thong, deputy head in charge of Sangha's faith promotion activities, delegates will discuss ways to promote Buddhist teachings based on the concept of "Dharma, People and Socialism" and consider the task related to people, youths, integration, overseas Vietnamese communities, environment and climate change, tourism, and rituals.

The conference will also feature charity activities involving a total of 13 billion VND (620,000 USD).

Before the start of the conference, organisers gifted 100 houses to needy people and 1,000 bicycles to poor school children on March 9. They also funded a number of heart and eye surgeries for poor children.

A requiem and happiness prayer, a Buddhist familiarisation course for youths, exhibitions of Buddhist pictures and sculptures by famous artists, and a street procession to promote Buddhist solutions to environmental threats are also planned as part of the conference./.